With so many hotel options around Disneyland it can be overwhelming to find the best one for your family. Our Courtyard Anaheim theme park entrance review will help decide if this Disneyland good neighbor hotel is a good choice for your trip.
Visiting the “happiest place on Earth” takes some planning and one of the most important thing is where to stay during your Disneyland vacation.
We found a great location for our recent stay at Disneyland. This Disneyland good neighbor hotel is a great option, especially for larger families.
Read on for our Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Theme Park entrance review.
Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Review
When planning a Disneyland vacation one of the first things you need to decide is where to stay. We stayed at a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance and it was perfect for our family.
It is important to know there are two Courtyard Marriott in Anaheim. One is the Convention Center and one is the theme park entrance.
If you want a hotel within walking distance to the park you want to go with the theme park entrance location. That is where we stayed during our Southern California theme park trip and it was a great location for our trip.
The have an on-site water park, large rooms, and theme park views.
How Close is the Courtyard Theme Park Entrance to Disneyland
The Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is located half a mile from the Disneyland park main entrance on South Harbor Blvd. It took us about 10-15 minutes to walk from our room to the security entrance of the Disneyland resort.
This made it really easy to take a mid-day break during our days at the Disney parks.
Guest Room at the Courtyard Theme Park Entrance Marriott
What I loved about the rooms at the Courtyard Marriot Theme Park Entrance is their was plenty of room for my family of five. It is always a bit tricky when traveling with a larger family that doesn’t fit in a standard room.
We either have to book 2 connecting rooms or find guest rooms that fit us all. I was really happy to find great accommodations for my family at the Courtyard.
The guest rooms at the hotel fit up to six people and include standard rooms and 1-bedroom suites that offer a separate sleeping space. We stayed in a standard guest room that had 2 queen beds and a twin bunk bed.
Some of the rooms offer firework views. We could see the nightly fireworks from Disneyland as well as the top of Space Mountain from our room.
Disneyland Hotel with Bunk Beds
The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is one of the few Disneyland hotel rooms with bunk beds. This is a huge perk when traveling with a large family. I wish more hotels and resorts would do this to affordably accommodate families more than 4.
As a family of five having bunk beds means we all have a comfortable place to sleep at the end of the night. There room also has a small sitting area with table that allowed the five of us to spread out a bit when hanging out in the room.
The room came with free wi-fi, a coffee/tea maker, mini fridge, hair dryer, and microwave.
Amenities at the Marriott Courtyard Theme Park Entrance
There is an on-site fitness center, the Bistro dining option, a gift shop, and an on-site water park.
Bistro’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as Starbucks coffee. On our way home from the parks we stopped at the Bistro and ordered pizza to take back to the room. I really appreciated the convenience of having food options on site.
The on-site Market offers grab and go snacks and beverages too.
There is also Mimi’s Cafe next door to the hotel in the hotel parking lot. It is not affiliated with the hotel but has breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
Along Harbor Blvd you will find many fast food options like McDonalds and Panera if you are looking for a budget friendly quick bite.
Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Water Park
Surfside Waterpark at the Courtyard Anaheim is one of the biggest perks of staying at the hotel. The pool area has a hot tub, an outdoor swimming pool, water slides, and a splash pad with a drench bucket.
The actual pool is not a very large pool but the water playground makes up for it. There are water slides and a splash area. The water slides are great for all ages but the rest of the park is best suited for 10 and under.
I was a bit concerned about the noise of the water park view rooms waterpark but the windows blocked it out very well. Overall it is a great addition to enjoy on your day off from the theme parks.
Before you check-in you must reserve your time at the water park. Towels are provided and the pools are heated.
FAQ’s about the Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
Do you need to stay on-site at Disneyland?
Staying on-site during your Disneyland vacation is not as important or beneficial as it is at Walt Disney World.
There are three Disneyland resort hotels. They are Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (soon to be Pixar Place Hotel). All are within walking distance to the Disneyland theme parks.
The closest hotels to Disneyland main gate are along Harbor Blvd. Most are within a short walk to the park main entrance. Whether you are visiting Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, or both, Courtyard Marriott is one of the best hotels for families.
Is there free parking at the hotel?
Parking is valet only and has a fee. At the time of writing this is was $35.00/night.
Is there free shuttle service from the Courtyard to Disneyland?
No. There is not a free shuttle service or any shuttle to take you to and from the parks. The hotel is so close that it is not necessary.
Is there complimentary breakfast at the Courtyard?
There is not free breakfast at the Courtyard. This was a bit of a bummer but we stocked up on goods from the local grocery store and it didn’t end up being a big factor in our stay.
Is there a game room at the Courtyard Marriott?
No. There is not a game room.
Can you purchase Disneyland tickets at the Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance?
The best place to purchase tickets for your Disneyland trip is on the Disneyland website. I highly suggest purchasing tickets before you arrive. I always compare prices from the Disneyland website and my affiliate partner Undercover Tourist. Check Disneyland ticket prices.
Would We Recommend the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
Yes I would stay here again. I thought the hotel was a great location and offered a lot of space for my family. The only down-side to the hotel is that it is a bit pricier than the surrounding hotels.
If you are not planning on using the water park you may not find the extra cost not worth it. For us the water park and bunk beds made the extra cost worth it.
Compare a few different hotels to see what works best for your travel needs. Check prices from our travel affiliate partner for Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park entrance.
We have also stayed at the Fairfield Inn during a visit in 2019. It was a basic hotel that we were happy with at the time. I am not sure it would fit our family of 5 now that the kids are teens, but it is a good option if you are looking for something less pricey.
Overall the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park entrance is a great option for families visiting the Disneyland resort. The rooms offer a perfect spot to rest your head after a long day at the Disney parks.
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Leah has been traveling with her family of 5 since 2012 and sharing her expertise on planning family vacations and visiting theme parks since 2016. Leah has been featured in Visit Rochester, Undercover Tourist, and Home Publications. She has worked with brands like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Hersheypark, Toyota, and various Tourism boards and destinations. Leah creates family travel itineraries based on real trip experiences with her family. Her guides and tips help others plan great family vacations. Learn more about Leah and Five for the Road.